Welcome to the website for CAMRA Scotland & Northern Ireland Branches

The aims of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA are:

CAMRA is a non-profit, consumer organistion with over 162,000 members in the UK.  The aim of this website is to act as a portal for all eleven CAMRA branches located in Scotland and Northern Ireland. With over 200 local CAMRA branches throughout the UK, CAMRA Scotland and Northern Ireland Branches (SNIB) is one of 16 regional areas and represents a steadily increasing membership in excess of 5000.


Scotland & Northern Ireland Pub of the Year 2014

A photograph of the Steam Packet Inn in the Isle of WhithornWe are delighted to announce that the Ayrshire & Wigtownshire CAMRA Pub of the Year, the Steam Packet Inn, Isle of Whithorn, has won the overall Scotland and Northern Ireland Branches (SNIB) Pub of the Year 2014 award. A very well deserved award for Alastair Scoular and his staff.

The pub will now go forward with all the other regional finalists to compete for the National Pub of the Year award.

A presentation has been arranged for next Saturday, 20th September - apologies for the short notice but the info was embargo'd until the release of the Good Beer Guide today.

A bus has been booked for the trip to the Isle of Whithorn with the following pick-up points:

• Kilwinning Railway Station at 0930
• Kilmarnock on Campbell Street (bus stop under fly-over) at 0950
• Prestwick on Main Street (opposite Co-op) at 1005
• Ayr on Station Road (bus stop opposite rear car park of railway station) at 1015.

We will be visiting the House O’Hill, Bargrennan (1130-1230); Steam Packet Inn, Isle of Whithorn (1315-1500); Wigtown Ploughman, Wigtown (1535-1610); Galloway Arms Hotel, Newton Stewart (1620-1650); Creebridge House Hotel, Newton Stewart (1700-1800). Return to Ayr to arrive approximately 1930, then reverse route to Kilwinning.

The charge for the bus will £15.00 per head. Any member wishing to participate should contact Donald Clark by email social@awcamra.org.uk, or phone 07886 312454 as soon as possible stating your preferred pick-up point as the bus is already filling up quickly.


Super Regional Conference - Scotland

We appreciate that not everyone can get to CAMRA's Members' Weekend.  With a view to engaging as many CAMRA members from as many backgrounds as possible, six Super Regional Conferences are once again being run around the country.   Members may attend any that they like i.e. you do not have to live within the region where the Conference is taking place. Neither do you have to be an active member of a branch or even consider yourself as active to come along. Everyone is welcome.

South Beach Hotel PhotoThe agenda includes how CAMRA is structured and where you can get help, an update on CAMRA's key campaigns and the choice of two afternoon sessions on saving pubs or activating members.

The Scottish Conference is taking place at the South Beach Hotel on Saturday 25th October from 11.45 until 16.45 (registration from 11.00).  The venue is just a 7 minute walk from Troon Rail Station and promises some great beer.

The agenda can be viewed here

Please register online through the National CAMRA website by following this link and select the Super Regional Conference/s that you wish to attend.  Once saved, you will be registered for the event. 

Enquiries: Lauren Anderson, lauren.anderson@camra.org.uk; 01727 867201.


40 Years of CAMRA in Scotland

On Saturday 13th September CAMRA members assembled at Callum's in Johnstone to celebrate the 40th anniversary of CAMRA in Scotland.

  • Photo taken by Stuart McMahon
  • Photo taken by Stuart McMahon
  • Photo taken by Stuart McMahon
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As part of the ongoing celebrations to recognise 40 years of campaigning in Scotland, members of CAMRA branches througout the country have contributed their thoughts and reminiscences resulting a unique publication.  Members in Scotland will receive an electronic version via email in due course and hard copies will be available at beer festivals in Scotland during the remainder of the year.  Meanwhile, an online version of the magazine can be viewed using the link below.


Dark Moor logoChampion Beer of Scotland 2014

At the recent Scottish Real Ale Festival, Dark Moor from the Kelburn Brewing Company won the coveted title of Champion Beer of Scotland 2014. 

Dark Moor, a 4.5% ABV Old Ale, is described in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide as ‘A dark, fruity ale with undertones of liquorice and blackcurrant.’  

Dark Moor also achieved success competing in CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2013, taking Gold in the Old Ale/Strong Mild class and Bronze in the competition overall.

Kelburn’s success today at the Festival is the culmination of months of CAMRA branch recommendations and tasting sessions in the quest to find the best beer in Scotland!

Runner up in this year’s competition was the Ayr Brewing Company’s Rabbie’s Porter, while third place went to the Fyne Ales’ Jarl.


Belfast Beer Festival LogoScotland & Northern Ireland Branches Meeting

The next meeting of SNIB will be hosted by CAMRA Northern Ireland on Saturday, 15th November.  The meeting will be held at the Ulster Hall, Belfast during the Belfast Beer & Cider Festival and will start at 1.00pm.